Cian O'Connor
Olympic Bronze Medallist

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Valencia - A Wonderful Spectacle

  • The remarkable construction at Valencia, where the Global Champions Tour arena was built

Hi Everyone

Just finished up at Valencia in Spain after three days of competition in the five star Global Champions Tour event. The show was held in the Museum complex in the centre of Valencia, which was very special and unique.

There were several large pools surrounding the museum and one of these was drained and in which they constructed the arena. I gather this area was at some stage a bit like Dublin's Docklands and this innovative Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava developed these wonderful structures.

On the jumping front I had one place with Baloufina in the opening 1m40 where she finished 8th. In the main Global Tour event Complete had two fences down. I have to say he actually jumped very well and as I haven't competed him since Arezzo last month he was probably too fresh, but I'd say will come on from the trip and should jump better in the Nations Cup at La Baule next week.

My aim is always to swap the horses around and never do too much with one particular horse, but this weekend has given me a little wake-up call, that I have to get the balance better where they aren't too fresh and need an outing before they can deliver the goods.

I'm flying to Nantes now, where Rancorrado and some of the other horses are stabled in advance of La Baule which begins on Thursday. The squad for La Baule is myself, Denis Lynch, Kevin Babington, Shane Sweetnam and Thomas Ryan.

While competing in the grounds of Santiago Calatrava's brainwave was most beautiful, unfortunately it was not the most profitable for me. However the great thing about show jumping is that there's always next week!

Chat to you then.

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